Spring Edition- Volume 1
Mr. Morency's Message
The month of April brings a sense of renewed enthusiasm to LPS. Our students continue to work diligently in the classroom towards reaching their goals with staff alongside them offering timely feedback and next steps to help them along the way. When in the school stop and visit any one of our bulletin boards or hallway displays to see the great work everyone is doing. If at any time you have questions or concerns about your child’s progress please never hesitate to contact the school. As mentioned in previous newsletters our Parent Council puts in a tremendous amount of time and effort into bettering our school for our students. The dynamic learning that is and will continue to happen in our classrooms thanks to their work is much appreciated. Our next PAC meeting will be held on April 18th in our school library. Spring is also the perfect time to register your junior kindergarten student for next fall. By registering early you help us to properly prepare the school for start- up. If you have children that will be ready for school in September, please come and register at the office. Also, if you know of any families in the area that could be registering this fall, send them our way!
Important April Dates
April 7th- Pearce and Vankoughnett Royal Feast
April 19th- This will be the date of our Maker Fair. Information will or has already been sent home from individual classes.
April 14th-17th- Easter weekend
April 28th- Gregg LeRock presentation for grades 1 to 3/4, Pearce and Lees Gymnastics
Continue to visit this area as new events will be added as they come up!
Choices at 7
Tuesday, March 21 - Deadline for parents to apply to the Choices at Seven programs
Monday-Thursday, April 3,4,5,6 (consolidation) - Challenge for a Day workshops at Calvin
Monday-Thursday, April 10,11,12,13 (consolidation) - LEAP workshops at Calvin
Tuesday-Friday, April 18,19,20,21 (consolidation) - ATLAS workshops at Calvin
Monday, April 10, Tuesday, April 11 - Challenge for a Day workshops at Loughborough
Wednesday, April 12, Thursday, April 13 - Challenge for a Day workshops at Odessa
Monday, May 1 – Challenge Program Notification to parents about the status of their child's application
Tuesday, May 2 – LEAP and ATLAS Program Notification to parents about the status of their child’s application
Monday, May 8 - Deadline for parents (all programs) to register their child at the school site
Math is Real Life
When students encounter new situations and respond to questions of the type: How would you? or How could you?; the problem solving approach is being used. Students develop their own problem solving strategies by listening to, discussing and trying different strategies. A problem solver is someone who questions, investigates and explores solutions to problems. They demonstrate the ability to stick with a problem for as long as it takes to find a workable solution. They consider many possibilities and use different strategies to arrive at an answer. They are willing to try more than one strategy for solving a problem. They apply math to everyday situations and use it successfully. A student who uses reasoning is able to justify and explain what he or she has tried when solving a problem. They think logically and are able to explain similarities and differences about things and make choices based on those differences. They think about relationships between things and talk about them. Some of the work your child brings home may not look like the practice questions we are used to seeing in math.
SUPPORT TIPS FOR HOME:
· Talk to your child about the math they are learning and remind them that if it was easy, it wouldn’t be a problem!
· Play games and do puzzles that deal with logic, reasoning, and estimation.
· Involve your child in the day to day math that you have to do.
News and Notes
· This time of year means that our yards are often wet and muddy. Please ensure that your children are dressed appropriately.
· We are now accepting new registrations for JK students eligible to attend school next September. Please contact the office should you have any questions.
· Remember that parents wishing to volunteer for field trips must have a valid C-PIC. Please contact the office should you have questions.
· Please note that this month we will be reviewing all our safety procedures at the school. These include lock-downs , and fire drills. If you have any questions please contact the office.
· If your children are experiencing flu like symptoms it is important that they remain home for at least 24 hours from the time of their last symptom episode. This will help stop the spread at school.
Bricks 4 Kidz- Lunch time opportunity!!
6 Week Lunch Hour Program - Loughborough Public School
Grades 1-3 Program Fee: $70 Tuesdays 10:50am-11:30am April 4th – May 9th
This is a hands-on class where students will design and build machines, catapults, pyramids, derby carts, buildings and other constructions out of LEGO® bricks. While exploring engineering, architecture and physics, students will develop problem solving and critical thinking skills. Participants build a new project each week. Architectural concepts are taught while assembling buildings, bridges and other structures. Once the project is completed, children use the rest of their time to expand their gadgets and collaborate with one another.
NOTE: Program enrollment is on a first come, first served basis up to a maximum of 30 spaces. Completed registration form and payment due to the school by Wednesday March 29th. Accepted forms of payment include cash or cheque. Cheques can be made payable to Bricks 4 Kidz Kingston.
Students bring their lunch with them to this program and are given time at the beginning of the class to eat. Bricks 4 Kidz is proud to be part of the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston & Area; supervision for this program is provided by Bricks 4 Kidz staff, who are also Ontario Certified Teachers. If required, students will be arranged into appropriate grade level groupings to suit the skill level of each individual student.
The topic of this workshop is Gizmos and Gadgets. This unit is all about the fun of doing something with what you’ve built. From a spinning top to a spin art model, kids will love playing with their creations! But don’t worry, we sneak in lots of learning, too – from understanding probability in the “3-in-a-row” game model to learning about friction and symmetry with the spinning top lesson.
Class 1 – Spin Art Machine
Class 2 – Optical Illusion
Class 3 – 3 In A Row
Class 4 – Paper Crinkler
Class 5 – Spinning Top Class 6 – Optical Spinner
If you have any questions about this program, our the programs we offer in general, please contact Colleen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: this program requires a minimum of 16 participants to run.
If you need to contact us please don't hesitate as home and school communication is important tool in the success of your child's education.